Now, are you back? Good. What did you put on your list? Do you think you will get what you want? Do you desire more than is feasible? Do you crave for things you know you will not receive? A Christmas list tells us much about our inner being. When we look at our desires, we learn who we really are. We may claim we want to be a better Christian but do not list anything on our Christmas list that will help us grow in Christ. We may claim we want peace, but seek for it in material possessions instead of in our relationship with the God of all peace and comfort.
Does our list match what we say we desire? Jesus has a Christmas list and it does match His being. He is consistent. He desires three things from each and every one of us. As you read His Christmas list, compare it to your list. Does your list line up with His list? If not, maybe you need to reconsider your list and make His list your desire. Here is His Christmas list. It contains three simple things. That is all He wants; three things.
There, that was short and simple. These are the three things Jesus wishes for on His birthday that we call Christmas. How do we stack up to His list? Let’s explore what these three things mean.
Your Heart: Jesus desires your heart in two ways. The first way is in salvation. He came to seek and to save. His greatest desire is to save your heart. He died for you in order for you to live for Him. He wants you to accept His free offer of salvation.
After you have given your heart to Jesus for salvation, He wants to live in your heart as Lord as well as Savior. Jesus wants all of your heart, not just some of it. He wants to be Lord of all. Jesus desires to control all of your heart.
Your Life: As part of controlling your heart, Jesus also wants to control your life. Jesus came to give you life and give it to you more abundantly. The only way you can enjoy abundant life is by letting Jesus control your life. He should be the thought behind everything you do. He does not want to be first in your life; He wants to be your life. He wants to be the very core of your being. He desires for you to die with Him so He can live through you (Gal 2:20). If you bury your will and live in the will of God, you will have the peace of knowing He is in control and will take care of you.
Your Possessions: If Jesus has your heart and your life, this one is easy. He owns it all anyway. He desires that you acknowledge that He owns everything and you willingly give back to Him all He allows you to have. If you give Jesus your possessions, you realize He gives you material possessions to use for His glory and to help others. God blesses us with possessions so we can bless others. If we want to please Jesus as we celebrate His birth, we will take time to give to help others.